By Elaine Sanchez
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, April 18, 2011 - Last week I traveled to Ohio to attend a "Joining Forces" event for local military families and community members in the Columbus area.
Sesame Street and USO Experience for Military Families, a free traveling tour exclusively for military families.
Elmo, Grover, Cookie Monster and friends offered a preview of the traveling show, which features a new theme and a new character named Katie, a military child about to move. During the musical show, Katie opens up to her Muppet friends about her fears, and excitement, over her upcoming move. With the help of a few songs, Elmo and other Sesame pals reassure her that she'll make new friends while still remaining close with old ones.
The show was a blast, although my ears are still ringing from the screaming fans, particularly after singer Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers made a special appearance.
The traveling show will kick off its around-the-world tour with a stop in Alaska later this month, and will continue with stops in Hawaii, Guam, South Korea, Turkey, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Spain.
For up-to-date tour information, people can visit the USO website.
For more on Joining Forces, visit the White House website or Defense.gov's special report.
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